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Joel Harrison Large Ensemble – Infinite Possibility

Tuesday, December 6, 2011. 8:00 pm

 

Joel Harrison Large Ensemble 2011

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Joel Harrison Large Ensemble – Infinite Possibility

Tuesday, December 6, 2011. 8:00 pm

 

$15 General Admission
$10 Members/Students/Seniors

Guitarist, composer, and vocalist Joel Harrison has developed a singular voice through immersion in jazz, modern classical, world traditions, and American roots music. His rejection of stylistic boundaries has led him to freely wander wherever inspiration is found, from inner city blues bars to the finest concert halls.

“Infinite Possibility” features five new pieces that are jazz-based but, like all of Harrison’s music, range far and wide in influence. One piece is a deconstruction of Sonny Stitt’s “Eternal Triangle”, another is inspired by “the birthplace of the Blues” – Dockery Farms, while another is inspired by Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto, and late 60’s Miles. A fourth is based on the Appalachian hymn “I Have Seen the Rock of Ages,”, and a fifth piece is entitled “Radiant Light” , and uses haunting loops, , criss-crossing melodies, and extreme registral combinations, more reminiscent of a classical chamber group than jazz. Says Harrison, “Like most of my recent music there is no unifying theme or style. Style is a dead word. What unifies thepieces is simply that I wrote them all, with an eye towards combining groove with an “infinite possibility” of sounds.” Members of the group include Ned Rothenberg, Ohad Talmor, Ben Kono, Rob Scheps, Andy Laster on woodwinds Michel Gentile on flute; Shane Endsley, Jeff Hermanson, Taylor Haskins, Sam Hoyt on trumpets; trombone and tuba players Jacob Garchik, Matt Macdonald, Alan Ferber, Jose Davila and the composer Joel Harrison, on guitar; pianist Daniel Kelly – Kermit Driscoll on bass; James Shipp on vibes and percussion; Rob Garcia on drums; and all under the guise of conductor JC Sanford.

“Infinite Possibility” was commissioned through Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Ford Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Trusts, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NYSCA, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.
This event is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and by JPMorgan-Chase, all administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC) as well as funding from the Cary New Music Fund administered by Meet the Composer.
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